Spotlight on social and emotional wellbeing at Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service

Joint Media Release with Nationals Candidate for New England Barnaby Joyce

  • $1.2 million for the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service to establish a new social and emotional wellbeing team
  • Investment is part of the Coalition Government’s $5 billion Indigenous Advancement Strategy

The Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service will receive $1.2 million to provide counselling and mental health services to clients in their alcohol, tobacco and drug program.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion said that the additional funding would allow the Service to employ new case managers.

“I’m proud that we can help the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service to expand their work, enabling them to provide more counselling and mental health services to people affected by substance abuse.

“I was fortunate to visit the Service last week and meet with their Chairperson, Cath Trindall to hear about their hard work first hand. In the last six months, TAMS have delivered services to over 100 clients,” Minister Scullion said today.

Nationals candidate for New England, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the funding injection, saying the Nationals continued to fight for regional Australia to get a fair share of funding.

“In contrast, Shorten’s Labor wants to take away additional services being delivered to New England and wants to keep all the funding in Canberra and the capital cities,” Mr Joyce said.

Mr Joyce also said the Coalition Government values the role and expertise of Indigenous organisations delivering culturally-appropriate services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This year, the Coalition Government is providing $70 million through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy to support over 80 Indigenous alcohol and other drug treatment services across Australia.

This complements the Government’s broader $685 million investment to reduce the impact of alcohol and drugs on people, their families and communities.